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Late Labor Day Could Mean Fewer Travel Traffic Headaches
Late Labor Day Could Mean Fewer Travel Traffic Headaches

Packing up the vehicle for a holiday weekend away? It might be one of the more pleasant times to be out on the crowded highways, relative to recent years. Overall holiday traffic will likely be down a bit this year versus last. But based on research from the American Automobile Association (AAA)...Read More»

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Wash Wildfire Ash Off Your Car...Or It'll Eat Your Paint!

Wildfires have become a seasonal fact of life in parts of California, and throughout the Western U.S. in the dry season. But given the widespread fires affecting Southern California over the past several days, it’s likely that many more people will be affected by the fires in ways they didn’t...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Long-Term Relationships, Long-Term Savings

Despite the Cash-for-Clunkers frenzy, overall new-vehicle sales remain way down versus two or three years ago. So it wouldn't be at all a stretch to say that more people today are holding on to their cars longer than they'd intended to. If the term 'late model' no longer applies to your car and...Read More»

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Diesels Gain (And Lose) Some Appeal At The Pump

In case you haven't noticed, diesel and gasoline prices have now reversed their trends of the past several years. Now diesel is considerably cheaper than regular unleaded in most spots. Here on the West Coast, gasoline is averaging about $2.95 while diesel is at $2.70, according to the federal...Read More»

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Dealership Or Indie Shop For Repairs? Choose Wisely.

According to a story from late last week in the Consumerist, an upstate New York Dodge dealership kept a vehicle for six days for repairs and charged the customer well over $700—only to tell him that his vehicle hadn't been fixed. After the vehicle—a 1988 Dodge Ramcharger SUV—was towed over a...Read More»

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Food For Thought? Not Behind The Wheel, Please

The next time you try to eat a burger while driving—or even grab a sip of soda—please reconsider. According to recent data from the federal government and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near crashes involve some form of driver distraction...Read More»

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Full-Size Vans: What You Need To Know To Arrive Safely

It's that time of the year again when church groups, summer camps, seasonal jobs, and corporate outings bring people not necessarily accustomed to full-size vans into them. While minivans are closely related mechanically to sedans and lower crossover vehicles and typically have top-notch safety...Read More»

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Heat Wave? Watch Out For Road Buckling

Most of us have heard about the hazardous conditions inside a vehicle that can develop in hot weather—and that you should never, ever leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle when the sun's out. But unbeknownst to us, there's another significant issue out on the roadways themselves, and it...Read More»

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Fuel-Saving Tips For The Holiday Weekend

As pump prices rise are on the rise again, and crude oil prices and refinery issues suggest they’ll continue to rise in the weeks ahead. Yet—reality check, here—we’re still in the middle of humdinger of a recession, right? With your disposable income for this holiday weekend in mind, here...Read More»

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Car Shopping Tip: Renting a Car

Renting a car can be a trying experience. Hard-driven rental fleets are now kept longer than ever, and in many big cities, traffic gridlocks and unfamiliar surroundings make having a car more of a hassle than an asset. Shuttles or light-rail systems may erase your need for a rental car, but if you...Read More»

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